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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

BWW Review: Angelina Fiordellisi and Michael O'Keefe Are Charming As Older Leftists in Charles Mee's FIRST LOVE by Michael Dale

Is there anything more charming than watching two older people falling in love Well, perhaps. Like when the romance occurs, as instructed by playwright Charles Mee in his 2001 one-act, FIRST…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BWW Review: Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll Give Memorable Turns in Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson's OTHELLO by Michael Dale

From the very beginning, one of the most important tenants of Joseph Papp's vision of free Shakespeare in Central Park has been the insistence the company of actors audiences see on stage wi…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

BWW Review: Eve Ensler's FRUIT TRILOGY Examines The Treatment of Women as Commodities by Michael Dale

'We are women more willing to be vile receptacles then we are willing to be dead,' says a character identified as Item 2 in Eve Ensler's FRUIT TRILOGY, which is receiving its New York debut …

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

BWW Review: Doug Hughes Sharply Directs Anthony Giardina's Biting Social Commentary DAN CODY'S YACHT by Michael Dale

'Vassar. See yourself there,' a successful adult advises a high school student who has impressed him with her talent for writing poetry, but not with her low expectations for securing a spot…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

BWW Review: Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP Mixes Basketball and Politics in Communist China by Michael Dale

Commencing in 1958, Chairman Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward was a 5-year plan to convert Communist China's largely agricultural economy into government-run farming collectives, freeing up r…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

BWW Review: John Kander and Susan Stroman Mix Henry James With Henri Matisse in THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE by Michael Dale

From the mid-1960s through to the early years of this century, the musicals scored by the team of John Kander and Fred Ebb have exemplified Broadway pizzazz while exploring darker issues und…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

BWW Review: Fifty Years of Changes Makes Mart Crowley's THE BOYS IN THE BAND All The More Intriguing by Michael Dale

A younger playgoer knowing nothing about Mart Crowley's classic 1968 Off-Broadway comedydrama The Boys in the Band except, perhaps, that its original run is regarded as an important landmark…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

BWW Review: Lois Smith Brings Tenderness to Darkly Comic Dysfunctional Family Drama PEACE FOR MARY FRANCES by Michael Dale

The fact that Broadway hasn't seen fit to provide a role for Lois Smith in over twenty years can be regarded as one of the top arguments denouncing the popular assumption that Times Square i…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

BWW Review: Sexual Sparks Ignite When Tennessee Williams Meets William Inge in Philip Dawkins' THE GENTLEMAN CALLER by Michael Dale

The setup would make a hell of a piece of theatrically-minded erotica. Call it Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Mouse, as sexual sparks ignite when elegant playwright on the verge of stardom, Tenne…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

BWW Review: Phylicia Rashad Directs Crackling Revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET by Michael Dale

There's an empty casket on display and a pants-less mourner screaming. 'What kinda fuckin' world is this' when the lights suddenly go up on Stephen Adly Guirgis' wild New York escapade, Our …

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Monday, May 21, 2018

BWW Review: Dominique Morisseau's Captivating Jazz Noir Drama, PARADISE BLUE by Michael Dale

Depending on how snobby you are about the belief that no American play can truly be said to have premiered until it has opened in New York, Paradise Blue, the ravishing new jazz noir drama b…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BWW Review: Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville Star in Eugene O'Neill's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT by Michael Dale

Ranking up there with MEDEA and OEDIPUS REX, Eugene O'Neill's family tragedy LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT would most likely make any playgoer's list of inappropriate classics to revive on M…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

BWW Review: Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly Lead a Top Shelf Encores! Cast In a Smashing ME AND MY GIRL by Michael Dale

Playgoers in the know will arrive at any production of the 1937 West End smash ME AND MY GIRL already humming a bit of its legendary Act I closer The Lambeth Walk, looking forward to a rousi…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

BWW Review: Prepubescent Battles Rage in Clare Barron's Exhilarating DANCE NATION by Michael Dale

'How're you gonna cap off your prepubescent years', a stony-faced teacher asks his competitive dance team members, shortly after winning a competition that saw one of their own suffer a seas…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

BWW Review: Rocker Grandmom Clashes With Her Gospel-Singing Daughter in Sweet and Funny Musical UNEXPECTED JOY by Michael Dale

Though the characters in bookwriterlyricist Bill Russell and composer Janet Hood's sweet, funny and very entertaining new musical UNEXPECTED JOY are all women, there's a guy in the mix who s…

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

BWW Review: Marin Ireland Delivers a Must-See Performance in Tennessee Williams' SUMMER AND SMOKE by Michael Dale

Despite only three Broadway credits, Marin Ireland must be regarded as one of the absolute best actors to regularly grace New York stages during this century. Through her steady work Off-Bro…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

BWW Review: Denzel Washington Stars in George C. Wolfe's Oddly-Energized Mounting of Eugene O'Neill's THE ICEMAN COMETH by Michael Dale

Escaping disillusionment through the comfort of alcohol while clinging to hopeless pipe dreams is rarely depicted with such crackling energy as it is in director George C. Wolfe's puzzling p…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

BWW Review: The Mobile Unit Brings Free Performances of Shakespeare's HENRY V To The Public by Michael Dale

'Raise your hand if you've ever been underestimated,' instructs Program Director Stephanie Ybarra before every performance of Shakespeare's HENRY V, as performed by The Public Theater's Mobi…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

BWW Review: Shaw's SAINT JOAN Gains Fresh Relevance As Condola Rashad Plays a Teen Inspiring a National Movement by Michael Dale

The title character of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan was burned at the stake nearly 500 years before the play premiered at Broadway's Garrick Theatre in December of 1923, but for many vie…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BWW Review: Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES or A Novelist, A Communist and A Dadaist Walk Into A Library by Michael Dale

Czech-born British dramatist Tom Stoppard, whose densely intellectual plays may be the most potent augment known for America's need to step up its public education funding, was first noticed…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BWW Review: LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever Share The Title Role in SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL by Michael Dale

Now, if you want to sing along, you just go right ahead and sing, the hostess of Broadway's newest musical advises her audience at the top of the show. And if you want to dance, go 'head, fl…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

BWW Review: A Complete Neophyte's Guide To HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by Michael Dale

If, like this theatre reviewer, you've managed to survive the last twenty years without reading a word of J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of Harry Potter novels, nor taking in a screeni…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

BWW Review: Bartlett Sher's Contemporary Spin On MY FAIR LADY Allows Lerner and Loewe's Musical To Speak For Itself by Michael Dale

From SOUTH PACIFIC to THE KING AND I to FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and now MY FAIR LADY, director Bartlett Sher has been spending the better part of this young century perfecting his method of moun…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's Ivory Trade Drama MLIMA'S TALE Honors The Beauty of The Beast by Michael Dale

When I was young I was taught by my grandmother to listen to the night, says the title character of Lynn Nottage's nobly lyrical drama of the ivory trade, MLIMA'S TALE.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

BWW Review: Lindsey Ferrentino's THIS FLAT EARTH Explores a Child's Reaction to a School Shooting by Michael Dale

The willingness to suspend disbelief is a long-standing tradition in live theatre, and as long as playwrights and directors firmly establish their boundaries of realism, it's reasonable for …

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Friday, April 13, 2018

BWW Review: Joshua Henry Thrills in Jack O'Brien's Drastically Edited Version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CAROUSEL by Michael Dale

During the first half of the 20th Century, there was no artist as important to the development of American musical theatre from strictly light entertainment to a legitimate dramatic art form…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

BWW Review: Echoes of G.B. Shaw in Mark Medoff's CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD by Michael Dale

While audiences gather at Lincoln Center to see Lerner and Lowe's musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's classic, there's a different kind of Pygmalion story being played out at Studio …

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

BWW Review: Quiara Alegr?a Hudes and Erin McKeown's MISS YOU LIKE HELL Explores The Emotional and Political Walls That Can Separate a Mother and Daug by Michael Dale

The current American president is never mentioned in bookwriterlyricist Quiara Alegria Hudes and composerlyricist Erin McKeown's lovely and touching chamber musical MISS YOU LIKE HELL. But e…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

BWW Review: High School Life Gets Un-Cliqued in Tina Fey, Nell Benjamin and Jeff Richmond's MEAN GIRLS by Michael Dale

There's a theory, hopefully an accurate one, that the things that make you an outcast in high school are the things that make you awesome as an adult. And maybe that's why scenes in the buoy…

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

BWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells The Rags To Riches To Revolution Tale Behind Havana Club Rum by Michael Dale

Magazine ads and television commercials may reach millions more, but perhaps the highest compliment I can pay Havana Club Rum's immersive theatre experience, AMPARO, is that it effectively g…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Stephen Sondheim To Make Guest Appearance, Premiere New Song, On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend by Michael Dale

Broadway's legendary composerlyricist Stephen Sondheim will be making a guest appearance next season on Rachel Bloom's musical romantic comedy television series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in an epi…

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